C (B 2 M) = 9197 miles

Trip Start May 03, 2011
Trip End May 10, 2012

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Aae Lombardy Hotel - Miami

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Friday, September 9, 2011

Miami is a city located on the Atlantic coast in southeastern Florida and the county seat of Miami-Dade County, the most populous county in Florida and the eighth-most populous county in the United States with a population of 2,500,625.

Miami is a major center and a leader in finance, commerce, culture, media, entertainment, the arts, and international trade. In 2010, Miami ranked seventh in the United States in terms of finance, commerce, culture, entertainment, fashion, education, and other sectors. It ranked thirty-third among global cities. In 2008, Forbes magazine ranked Miami "America's Cleanest City", for its year-round good air quality, vast green spaces, clean drinking water, clean streets and city-wide recycling programs. According to a 2009 UBS study of 73 world cities, Miami was ranked as the richest city in the United States, and the world's fifth-richest city in terms of purchasing power

The distance between New Orleans and Miami is approaching 900 miles so we did the journey over 2 days and the first night we stayed just outside Tallahasse in Fort Oaks. We arrived in Miami on a sad note as it was the last part of our North America journey and our last trip with Dixie. We stayed in a great little hotel in North Beach which was a 2 minute walk to the beach.

Neither of us had great memories of Miami as Nick had stayed here a few years ago but it had rained the whole time and Rob had stayed here and dislocated his shoulder so he had spent hours in hospital and in agony during the trip. Despite this, we are both so glad that we came back as part of this trip as we´ve had a fantastic time on this trip. The weather was blazing hot and we had a great couple of days chilling out on the South and North beaches. We spent most of the time playing in the sea which is surprisingly warm and once you are in you don´t want to get out. We also did some of the touristy things – a beer fuelled Saturday night on Ocean Drive, visited Flamingo Park and the Botanical Gardens. The Holocaust memorial is definitely worth a visit and is the most interesting memorial that we have seen outside of Auschwitz.

Miami was a fantastic way to finish the North American leg of the world tour and we have had a total blast here so we will give Miami 8/10.

The North American leg of the world tour is now complete. We have travelled 9197 miles and visited 22 cities in 7 weeks. We started out in New York and finished in Miami. Anyone planning a visit to North America should definitely think about doing a road trip. This has been an awesome way of seeing Canada and the USA. It also has meant that we have been able to visit places that would not have been possible on public transport. Hiring the car had also worked out to be less than half the cost if we had made our journeys on coaches where possible.

Top 5 places on this trip would be :

  1. Canadian Rockies – Banff & Lake Louise. This whole area is the most amazing place we have ever seen. Seeing grizzly bears in the wild also made this part of the trip just incredible.

  2. Yosemite National Park – Awesome hikes and majestic waterfalls and not forgetting the incredible half dome. Added bonus of seeing a brown bear in the wild.

  3. Vancouver – A bit of bias from Rob, but a huge forest as a park, beautiful beaches and not to mention the great hike and views from Grouse mountain

  4. Grand Canyon & Niagra Falls – Great wonders of the world, that just have to be seen

  5. Chicago – Beautiful, clean, big city with some great parks and "beaches" at the lake…
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